2015 Events

Join Heart of Wisdom Monastery for a 1/2 Day Advent Retreat
Saturday, December 12th, 2015 from 9am-Noon
Pop-up location: Plymouth Jazz & Justice Church, Oakland, CA in the Fireside Room
Gather with a diverse and inclusive* community led by Abbess Joellynn Monahan

In this season of Advent…
We gather for Solitude and Solidarity in community…
We mark the waning of the light and coming of long nights…
We slow,  amidst the hurry of the world, to Rest deeply in the Holy…
We listen for Wisdom from Scripture offering Hope in the midst of Empire…
We cultivate Joy that comes from the promise of God-With-Us…
We embody the Way of Jesus as we enter into the beginning of the church year…

Whether you celebrate Advent, the liturgical season at the start of the Christian church year, or have no idea what Advent is about, you are welcome.  Open to people of all faiths -and no particular faith- who are interested in experiencing the Christian season and  practices of Advent.

*diverse and inclusive:
Tired of being the only person of color in the room?  [You won’t be.]
Wondering if you would the only LGBTQ person present?  [Nope, you wouldn’t.]
Hoping the retreat space is accessible?  [It is.]
Looking for expansive language for the Sacred?  [We’ve got it.]
Hey, in Advent we’re preparing for the Incarnation: where the Word is made flesh in Jesus.  The Incarnation means that human bodies matter and are beloved to the Holy:  Yours.  Mine.  Ours.
Bring your gloriously whole self on retreat – ’cause that’s how we roll at Heart of Wisdom Monastery!

[Past event – registration now closed]  Cost is $30 / $50 / $70 sliding scale.
Retreat participants are asked to be present for the entire time of the retreat from 9-Noon.  You may arrive between 8:30-9:00am so you can settle in and be ready to begin at 9 o’clock.

In 2015, Heart of Wisdom Monastery is supported by the Ignite Institute’s Incubator project which supports and launches innovative new spiritually-based projects and programs by providing assistance with logistics, marketing, and organization.


2015 Urban Monastic Retreat
with Abbess Joellynn Monahan
Dates &Times: Friday, July 31, 3:00pm – Sunday, August 2, 3:00pm
Location: Ralston White Retreat Center, Mill Valley

Offered through Pacific School of Religion Summer Session
Credits: not for academic credit / 2.5 CEUs
Cost: General Public: $400 / Current PSR Students: $350

Description: Experience a two-day immersion pilgrimage into the heart of Christian Monastic practice by adopting a shared Rule of Life for the duration of the monastic retreat. In an immersive, spiritual retreat setting and drawing upon the core Christian practice of the Daily Office (praying the hours), you will be formed by individual and shared Christian spiritual practices in a daily cycle of prayer which includes silent, spoken, sung, and embodied prayers. What makes this monastic community unique is the commitment to a diverse and inclusive gathered community as a reflection of the Body of Christ in the world.

You will leave this retreat with: an experiential understanding of the daily rhythm of Monastic living (prayer, rest, study, work) including the Great Silence during the night-time; engagement with the context of and practice of the Christian spiritual practices of pilgrimage, fasting (from electronic media & communication), Sabbath, lectio divina, Eucharist; the ability to translate the practices of this immersion pilgrimage and retreat into your daily living as non-monastic changemakers in the world.

Micro-Certificate:  This retreat may be taken on its own, or as part of the Micro-Certificate in Transformative Community Building.

Renew your spirit in Lent Retreat* with Rev. Joellynn Monahan
Saturday – March 14th, 2015 from 2-5pm
held at Plymouth Jazz & Justice Church, Oakland, CA in the Sanctuary

*Retreat: to set aside time in rest and renewal, pay attention to your spiritual life, enjoy contemplation and interaction

Whether you observe Lent (the season of the church year which leads up to Easter) or have no idea what Lent is about, you are welcome!  Suitable for adults and children** accompanied by an adult (**children who can already read and who would enjoy a reflective, contemplative environment).  Open to people of all faiths -and no particular faith- who are interested in learning about (or deepening their observation of) the Christian season of Lent.

We will experience the gifts of the Lenten season through: learning about why Christians observe Lent; enjoying time in silence and in prayer in community; engaging creatively with scripture; resting in the beauty and solitude of the sanctuary and outdoors on the church grounds.
This retreat is offered at no cost as a gift to you from the Spiral Way!